Today is Thursday, May 15, the 135th day of 2014. There are 230 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 15, 1972, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur H. Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Bremer served 35 years of a 53-year sentence for attempted murder.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Cooperative ministry in the Towanda area was the subject of discussion when the Rev. Tom Irwine of Harrisburg spoke to area United Methodist clergy recently.
The Waverly Junior High School team placed third in a "Battle of the Brains," recently.
Barclay Friends School in North Towanda is celebrating its 15th birthday and the 300th anniversary of Quaker education.
50 years ago - 1964
Ground breaking ceremonies for the new Warren Center Methodist Church Education annex were held recently.
The Troy Chapter of Future Farmers of American held an open house recently to celebrate 50 years of agriculture in the Troy School Jointure.
John Baker and Robert Hicks are the first and second top honor students in the 1964 Athens High School graduating class.
75 years ago - 1939
Bradford County young people won honors recently for their academic achievements at Pennsylvania State College.
Canton's second May Day coronation played to a packed crowd recently.
The May meeting of George Clymer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was held recently in the Chapter House.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1602, English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold and his ship, the Concord, arrived at present-day Cape Cod, which he's credited with naming.
In 1776, Virginia endorsed American independence from Britain.
In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil Co. was a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and ordered its breakup.
In 1930, registered nurse Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of United Airlines).
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs. Wartime gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.
In 1954, the Fender Stratocaster guitar, created by Leo Fender, was officially released.
In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces had entered the country.
Ten years ago: A 40-ton steel girder dropped from a freeway overpass construction site into morning traffic in Golden, Colorado, crushing one car and killing a family of three.
Five years ago: General Motors told about 1,100 dealers their franchises would be terminated. CIA Director Leon Panetta defended the agency against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's charge that she was misled in 2002 about the use of waterboarding on detainees.
One year ago: Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations the agency had targeted conservative political groups.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Nicholas Hammond (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 64. Baseball Hall-of-Famer George Brett is 61. Football Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith is 45. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 40. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow is 36. Actor David Krumholtz is 36. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 33. Rock musician Brad Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 32. Rock musician Nick Perri is 30.
Thought for Today: "History is a better guide than good intentions." - Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (1926-2006).